New Mexico State University

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New Mexico State University, also known as New Mexico State University at Las Cruces and commonly referred to as NMSU, NMSU-Las Cruces, or NM State, is a four-year, state university located in the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Among state universities in New Mexico, NMSU is the second-largest based on total annual student enrollment across its six campuses, learning and research centers, and county extension offices. In addition to its main campus in Las Cruces, NMSU has branch campuses in Doña Ana, Carlsbad, Alamogordo, Grants, and the Albuquerque Center.

The university was first established in 1888 as Las Cruces Colleges, an institution dedicated to agriculture education. Just one year later in 1889, Las Cruces College was rechartered as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. It wasn't until nearly a century later, in 1960, that the institution was renamed New Mexico State University. NMSU has a student-to-faculty ratio of about 18-to-1, and a total annual enrollment of roughly 18,500 students.

New Mexico State University offers a large selection of associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at its main campus in Las Cruces and its four branch campuses. NMSU is a major land grant university and research university and the only higher education institution of its kind located along the United States-Mexico border to officially be classified by the federal government as a Hispanic Service Institution (HSI). NMSU offers several programs designed to assist first generation, low income Hispanic students obtain a higher education.


New Mexico State University offers bachelor degree programs in over 88 academic fields of study and career-oriented disciplines. It also offers 52 master's degrees and 21 doctoral degree programs. The university's doctoral degrees are limited primarily to education, agriculture, engineering and the sciences. Graduate programs are offered in business, education, arts and sciences, engineering, consumer and environmental sciences, agriculture, and health and social services. While NMSU's four branch campus offer a few graduate-level programs, academic offerings focus on associate degrees, vocational training and continuing education programs. As New Mexico's only land grant university, NMSU sponsors a Cooperative Extension Service that provides educational programs statewide.

NMSU also supports a network of research centers located at 9 locations across the state. Through these facilities NMSU faculty and students conduct applied research in natural resource management, improved quality of life, environmental quality and agriculture.

All academic programs at NMSU are offered through the graduate school or one of the institution's eight academic colleges which include:

  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Education
  • College of Extended Learning
  • College of Health and Social Services
  • Honors College

Rankings and Recognitions

In 2013, New Mexico State University was ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report as a Tier 1 university. It has also been recognized as one of the top, higher education institutions in the nation to extend bachelor's degrees in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to Hispanic-American students.

NMSU university has been ranked as a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and several other higher education publications. Many of NMSU's individual programs, including its engineering, computer science, chemistry, English, physics, math, speech-language pathology, and social work programs, are ranked among the top 100 in the nation within their respective spheres.

General Information

Admission Office
Box 30001, MSC 3A
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
(575) 646-3121
(800) 662-6678
Fax: (575) 646-6330
[email protected]
Contact: Tyler Pruett
Director of Admissions
Main Address
Box 30001, MSC 3A
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
(575) 646-0111
Total undergrads: 13,677
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,369
Degree-seeking undergrads: 13,556
Graduate enrollment: 3,523

Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $20
Online application fee: $20
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 82%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 79%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agribusiness Operations B
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Horticulture Science B
Range Science/Management B
Soil Science and Agronomy B
Turf Management B

Architecture & Related Programs
City/Community/Regional Planning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Arts – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Bacteriology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Ecology B
Plant Pathology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
International Business B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B
Information Technology B

Agricultural Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Agricultural Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Physics B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies
Surveying Technology B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Environmental Health B
Nursing (RN) B
Public Health Education B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies A,B

Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Community Organization/Advocacy B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies A,B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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